We report on a 2x2 array of radio-frequency atomic magnetometers in magnetic induction tomography configuration. Active detection, localization, and real-time tracking of conductive, non-magnetic targets are demonstrated in air and saline water. Penetration in different media and detection are achieved thanks to the sensitivity and tunability of the sensors, and to the active nature of magnetic induction probing. We obtained a 100% success rate for automatic detection and 93% success rate for automatic localization in air and water, up to 190 mm away from the sensors' plane (100 mm underwater). We anticipate magnetic induction tomography with arrays of atomic magnetometers finding applications in civil engineering and maintenance, oil&gas industry, geological surveys, marine science, archeology, search and rescue, and security and surveillance.
- Pub Date:
- April 2018
- Physics - Instrumentation and Detectors;
- Physics - Atomic Physics
- 6 pages, 7 figures. Published version can be found at https://www.osapublishing.org/ao/abstract.cfm?uri=ao-57-10-2346